Hall of Achievement
The highest honor Monmouth can bestow.
Hiroyuki Fujita ’92
Fujita has accomplished so much since his time as a student at Monmouth College. With his degree in mathematics and physics, he started the company Quality Electrodynamics, also known as QED, a global developer and MRI technology Manufacturer. In 2012, Fujita and his company became known on a much larger scale. He was invited by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to be an honored guest and sit in the First Lady’s special seating at the State of the Union Address. Dr. Fujita also received national spotlight when his company gained recognition from Forbes magazine as the top 20 most promising companies in America.
As an alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Fujita has been honored by the university as its Young Alumnus and, a year ago, as the recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed by the university’s alumni association. He is an active member of numerous boards and committees, one of his titles is chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Fujita is also a frequently invited lecturer, both nationally and internationally. He has published his autobiography, A Pathfinder and Fail Fast! Creating the Future by Learning Lessons from Our Mistakes.
Karen Kruger ’72
Over the span of more than four decades, Kruger worked for the U.S. Department of State. Her unique skill set allowed her to make the kind of contributions that don’t show up in a box score but were essential to the success of her team – the United States government. As a foreign service officer, Krueger was stationed in Mexico, Spain, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Canada. Krueger was at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa during the 9/11 terrorist attack. Her portfolio included responsibility for terrorist and border-related issues – which had just become America’s highest priority.
After retiring from the foreign service, Krueger’s unique skill set, and wide-ranging experience led to an offer to serve as Director for the Bureau of Human Resources’ Policy Coordination Office during a time of workforce stress due in large part to staffing shortages in Iraq and Afghanistan. She concluded her career as a senior adviser in the Office of the Director General of Foreign Service and Human Resources, where she led a major initiative to improve the work experience of civil service employees, requiring creativity within the constraints of civil service rules and regulations.