COLONEL TIMOTHY ALBEN G’01 AND RYAN TURNER ’08
HONORED BY THE UNIVERSITY FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS
Massachusetts State Police Superintendent and Colonel Timothy Alben G’01, praised for
playing a pivotal role in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation that resulted in the
apprehension of a suspect, was presented with the Alumnus of the Year award at the President’s Society Reception on September 23. Ryan Turner ’08, who completed his Ph.D.
work in neuroscience at West Virginia University and is working on his M.D. at the same
school, received the Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award at a September 21
brunch ceremony that also honored the Alumni Association Skookum Award winners.
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COLONEL TIMOTHY ALBEN G’01
For more than three decades with the Massachusetts State Police,
Col. Alben has dedicated his career to serving and protecting the
people of our Commonwealth. A 2001 graduate of the Western
New England’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program, he has accepted the University’s invitations to come
back to campus for speaking engagements. This past August, Col.
Alben was also presented with Western New England University’s
President’s Medallion Award.
In the late 1980s, he was an investigator for the Hampden County DA’s office. In the 1990s,
he managed the Western Massachusetts Organized Crime Unit of the State Police, where
his tenacious efforts led to the indictments of more than a dozen criminals.
In July 2012, Governor Deval Patrick promoted him to Superintendent and Colonel of
the State Police. In this role, following the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013,
Col. Alben helped spearhead one of the most intense manhunts in U.S. history, which
ended with an arrest four days later.
“Col. Timothy Alben, thank you for your remarkable service to the public,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees Kevin S. Delbridge ’77. “We are proud of you and your courageous leadership. We salute you.”
RYAN TURNER ’08
Ryan, who graduated from the University with a degree in biomedical engineering, earned a plethora of awards as an undergraduate,
culminating in the Marston Engineering Award—granted annually
by the entire engineering faculty to the student judged to have the
most mature understanding of the principles of professional engineering practice—as well as the Grand Skookum Award, the highest honor bestowed upon recipients of the Alumni Association
Skookum Award of Excellence.
Enrolled in the Medical Scholars M.D./Ph.D. program at West Virginia University, Ryan
will have his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees conferred upon him this May. His Ph.D. work was
focused on traumatic brain injury and he is currently applying for neurosurgery residency.
He is the author of 25 peer-reviewed papers and four book chapters, and has delivered 28
Ryan’s ties to Western New England University remain tight as he has advised seniors
on their capstone Senior Design Projects and is always willing to talk to students about
pursuing medical school.
“For your many accomplishments and how you so admirably represent the University,
we honor you this afternoon Ryan,” said Interim Chair of Biomedical Engineering Robert
Gettens, who is also chair of Engineering Fundamentals at the College of Engineering.
Pictured at last year’s tournament:
(L-R) Eric Suther ’ 10, Nick Martino ’ 10,
John Dominick ’ 10, and Steve Kearney ’ 10.