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Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Auburn Alumni Association was established to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn family. This is the highest honor bestowed by the Auburn Alumni Association.

N. Jan Davis Class of 1977

N. Jan DavisAstronaut and aerospace engineer Jan Davis earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn, a bachelor's degree in applied biology in biomechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. After supporting several major NASA programs as an aerospace engineer, she became a team leader and lead engineer for the redesign of the Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster External Tank attach ring in 1986 and, a year later, was selected to join NASA's astronaut corps. Davis spent more than 670 hours in space over the course of three space shuttle flights and received the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Service as a NASA senior executive from President George W. Bush in 2002. She subsequently served as director of NASA's Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, where she pioneered changes following the fatal flight of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003. She now serves as vice president and deputy general manager for Jacobs Engineering, Science and Technical Services Group, a prime contractor for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Davis is a former member of the Auburn Alumni Association board of directors and serves on Auburn's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Alumni Advisory Council.

James E. Livingston Class of 1962

James LivingstonUpon graduating from Auburn with a degree in civil engineering in 1962, retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Everett Livingston was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines and subsequently served as a commanding officer in the Vietnam War, where he earned the U.S.' highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for heroic actions—the only Auburn graduate ever so recognized. After a second tour in Vietnam, he served as an instructor at the U.S. Army Infantry School and then returned to Vietnam in 1975 to serve as operations officer for the evacuation of Saigon. He continued his service in the Marines in London and Parris Island, S.C., earning a master's degree in management from Webster University in 1984. After a tour with the Joint U.S. Assistance Group in the Philippines, he advanced to brigadier general in 1988. Livingston commanded the Marine Air Ground Combat Center and developed the Desert Warfare Training Program during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1991 he assumed command of the 4th Marine Division after being advanced to major general and subsequently led the Marine Forces Reserve. Livingston was a founding trustee and has served as chairman of the board of The National World War II Museum in New Orleans and helped reorganize the Medal of Honor Foundation.

Last Updated: 12/15/17 1:28 PM