Ben Caya, Dennis Webb named as 2023 Alumni Award Winners

Congratulations to College of Engineering & Applied Science alumni Ben Caya and Dennis Webb. The two are among the 13 individuals and organizations chosen by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association to receive awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the university and community. All honorees will be officially recognized during a ceremony at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel on Feb. 24, 2023.

Ben Caya (’12 BSE Mechanical Engineering, left)
President, Spike Brewing
Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award

While he was a UWM student, Caya founded what would become Spike Brewing. The company, which sells commercial-grade homebrewing equipment, has customers in more than 20 countries and has been named among the top 500 fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 5000 list. Caya has hired several UWM alumni over the years and has provided students with internships and hands-on projects. At UWM’s 2020 Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference, Caya shared his story with the college’s students, faculty, alumni and industry partners.

Dennis Webb (’71 BS Materials Engineering, right)
President, Sage Water
Exemplary Alumni Service Award

After a 29-year career at Badger Meter, during which he served numerous roles, including vice president of customer solutions, sales and marketing, and engineering, Webb formed Sage Water, a consulting firm that focuses on water management issues. He serves on the board of directors for the UWM Foundation and the UWM Research Foundation. He and his wife, Susan Webb (’74 BA Art History) have included the College of Engineering & Applied Science in their estate plans and they have generously supported Milwaukee Panther Athletics.

All 13 honorees of UWM Alumni Awards were chosen based on their outstanding professional achievements, civic involvement, and partnerships with the university. More.