Rock named Outstanding Graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Nuclear & Waste Management Division Director Cynthia (Cindy) Rock will be recognized as an outstanding graduate by the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association during their annual Spring Reunion Banquet on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
One of six alumni selected as outstanding graduates, Rock is the honoree in the Humanitarian category.
Originally from Mustang, Oklahoma, Rock graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in natural science. She received her Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from the University of Chicago in 2006.
While at Northwestern, Rock was a member of the women’s basketball team and was named Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1987. She also made second team in NAIA District IX. In 2006, Rock was inducted into the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame, noted for holding the three-point shooting percentage and assists record for career and season.
After receiving her EMBA, Rock began a successful career building her managerial and technical experience in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear industry. For much of her career, Rock served as a project leader in overseeing the handling and disposal of nuclear and hazardous waste from Argonne’s site legacy nuclear facilities. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the DOE Secretary of Energy Achievement Award for Contributions made to Nuclear Footprint Reduction.
The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1959 for the purpose of receiving, investing, and ultimately distributing scholarships and awards for the enhancement and support of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a member institution of the Regional University System of Oklahoma.