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Samuel P. Capen Award

James Smist, BS ’80
Smist, who received a bachelor of science degree, summa cum laude, in chemical engineering from UB, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

He is president and co-founder of Dean & Company, a management consulting firm that works with large and small corporations. In 2005, Jim and his wife, Mary, established the Felix Smist Scholarship, which pays up to six years of tuition for a part-time student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Jim’s father attended UB part-time and weekends while working and raising a family, and earned his engineering degree in 1965 after 16 years. Thus far, 15 students have been supported by the award. Jim was the recipient of the 2012 SEAS Dean’s Award.

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Samuel P. Capen Award

The Capen Award recognizes notable meritorious contributions from alumni to the university and its family, including those that influence the growth and improvement of UB and inspire others to give their active interest and material support to the university. It is one of the association’s most prestigious awards.