Mr. Michael G. Morris is Chairman, President and CEO of Northeast Utilities system (NU), New England’s leading supplier of energy products and services, with 1.7 million customers. Before joining NU in August 1997, he was President and CEO for Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and President of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading. He also was an officer and Executive Vice President of natural gas, marketing, rates, regulatory affairs and wholesale power transactions for Consumers Energy. Mr. Morris earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in science from Eastern Michigan University where he received the distinguished alumni award in 1995 and his law degree (cum laude) from the Detroit College of Law. He serves on the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University and is director of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) and Webster Financial Corporation. Mr. Morris has been a dedicated supporter, contributing his energies and expertise toward development of strong strategic alliances between NU and the School of Engineering. His vision and support have been of inestimable value, and the School of Engineering is privileged to present Mr. Morris with a 2001 Distinguished Engineering Service Award.