Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
Majoring in biology, Ed Staiano was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His wife, Janet (Smith) Staiano is also a member of the Class of 1958 and their daughter, Eva (Staiano) Tomashefski, earned her master's degree from Bucknell in 1985.
After earning his master's degree at Bucknell, Ed Staiano taught engineering at the university. In 1964, he was appointed director of the Freas-Rooke Computer Center and continued to teach, taking a one-year leave to complete his doctorate at the University of New Mexico. During his tenure at Bucknell, he made significant contributions to the development of computer activities on campus. With a keen eye on the future, he realized the applications for computers in all parts of Bucknell and was largely responsible for the drive to make the computing center a university facility, as opposed to solely an engineering facility.
In 1974, he shifted his career path to the corporate world, joining Motorola, Inc., where he served as executive vice president, president, and general manager of the general systems sector from 1989-96. From 1997-99, he was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Iridium LLC, which launched the world's first global personal communications system.
The Staianos have long been generous benefactors to Bucknell and Ed has served on the Board of Trustees since 1992. He also is a former member of the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association Board and the Engineering Centennial Lead Gifts Committee.