John Amoruso (MS,’57) is the first awardee of the Department’s Distinguished Alumni Honor Award. As part of this celebration, John presented the history and geology behind his grand discovery of the Amoruso Field to members of the Department and University. He began his presentation with a personal history of how be started with a lack of proficiency in math, and decided to pursue geology, a field where he could apply his intuitive skills with basic knowledge of the geological concepts to become successful. Not only was he skillful as a geologist, but his talents in business led to the almost wholesale leasing of properties to exploit what is known now as the Amoruso Field. John’s outstanding contributions to both the petroleum industry and unwavering dedication to the Department highlight his long career.