Distinguished Alumni Award

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Nazanin (Nazie) Nabaie

Photo of 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Nazanin NabaieThe LWTech Foundation is pleased to announce Nazanin (Nazie) Nabaie as the recipient of the 2019 LWTech Foundation Annual Distinguished Alumni Award! We look forward to honoring Nazie at Commencement on June 15, 2019.

Nazie is a true LWTech success story! Nazie earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Tehran University in Iran. She immigrated to the United States in 1989 and proudly became a United States Citizen in 1999.

Nazie began work as a certified nursing assistant as her nursing degree was not recognized in the United States. As a single mother of a young daughter, she worked hard to support her child while working and going to school. “I wanted more for myself and for my daughter Neda,” Nazie recalled.

Nazie enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program at LWTech in Fall 2000.  She excelled in the rigorous courses, and thrived in LWTech’s exceptionally supportive learning environment, graduating with her Applied Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2002. Nazie was on Dean’s list and graduated with honors from the program. “Beginning the Dental Hygiene Program is the single best decision in my life,” says Nazie. “LWTech gave me a career in a field that I love and a means to support my family.”

Today, Nazie is employed as a lead dental hygienist at Implant and Periodontic Specialists, a dental practice in with locations in Bellevue and Issaquah, Washington. She is passionate about patient care, hygiene protocol, and recognized as a motivator and developer in the practice. “As a hygienist, I work one on one with our patients and set a program to improve their dental health. This is significant because it provides me with a beautiful opportunity to observe their health improvement over time. My goal is to create a strong and trusting relationship with our patients.”

Nazie believes in giving back to the community and LWTech. She volunteers annually at multiple events including Freedom Day USA, Smiles for Veterans, and the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk. Nazie is also a generous donor and four time table captain for the LWTech Foundation’s Annual Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast. As a result of Nazie’s leadership, Implant and Periodontic Specialists has sponsored the LWTech Foundation’s Annual Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast for the past three years.

Spring 2019 brings two honors to Nazie: Her appointment as the 2019 LWTech Foundation’s Annual Distinguished Alumnae and her daughter Neda’s acceptance into LWTech’s Applied Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene Program.

Congratulations to Nazie on this distinguished honor!

About the Distinguished Alumni Award

Established by the Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) Office of the President in 2013, this is the highest honor the institution can bestow upon an alumnus in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service to the college and/or the community.

The winners of this award exhibit the qualities of community and professional leadership that are symbolic of the mission of LWTech. They promote excellence, inspire others to reach their potential, encourage personal growth, and promote the enrichment of life through education and community service.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies at least one of the two following criteria:

  • Has achieved success in their business, profession, military, or other vocational endeavors
  • Has achieved success in their community, civic and/or volunteer activities

A distinguished alumnus is selected each spring from nominations received from the community. Each year's award recipient is honored at the LWTech Commencement ceremony held in June.

To be eligible for this prestigious award, nominees must have earned a minimum of 15 quarter credits from LWTech. Additionally, winners will be selected based upon notable achievement in his/her career, military or vocational field, outstanding service to the community and/or LWTech, and inspirational impact.

Past Winners