Scrugham Medal

James Graves Scrugham was a distinguished Nevadan who was the first Dean of the College of Engineering. He was also State Engineer, Governor of Nevada, a United States Representative in Congress, and a United States Senator. He served as a Lt. Colonel in World War I and was editor of the Nevada State Journal.

The James G. Scrugham Medal

The James G. Scrugham Medal is an award initiated by the college in 2006 to acknowledge successful alumni and James G. Scrugham. Alumni who have demonstrated success in their chosen profession are honored with this award - often receiving national recognition. Any alumna or alumnus of the College of Engineering is eligible.

2022 Winner

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Jesse Murray, '02 BS (Chemical Engineering), '07 MBA

Jesse Murray, ’02 BS (Chemical Engineering), '07 MBA, is a first-generation college graduate. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Jesse has lived in Northern Nevada for more than 20 years. He is active in the community. He is a former board member for the Truckee Meadows Community College Foundation, and currently serves on the United Way of the Northern Nevada and the Sierra Board. In 2019, he received a Twenty Under 40 award from the Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network.

Jesse is a registered chemical engineer in the state of Nevada and is the current vice president of Electric Delivery and Natural Disaster Protection for NV Energy. He is responsible for all field transmission and distribution operations, inspection, warehousing and emergency response operation for the company’s 1.36 million electric customers. He also oversees the natural disaster protection plan for the utility.

He started his career with NV Energy as an intern, then worked in engineering roles at natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plants. Jesse also has worked outside the utility industry, as a facilities project manager for International Game Technology and on environmental remediation of nuclear and chemically hazardous waste at Idaho National Laboratory.

Jesse enjoys living and working in Northern Nevada with his wife, Pamela, and children, Vincent and Matthew. He has wonderful memories of his time at the University, and supports the Pack whenever possible. In his free time, you’ll find him skiing, off-roading, traveling, cooking overly complicated meals and spending time with his family.

Past recipients


Holly Stanco
Associate Vice President
Advancement and Campaign
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Madalyn Kao
Coordinator of Community Outreach, College of Engineering