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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Gary MekjianGary Mekjian, '94, The City of Farmington Hills has announced the selection of Gary Mekjian as the city's new Assistant City Manager. Since November 2010, Mekjian has served as the city's Director of Public Services. Before joining Farmington Hills, Mekjian worked for four years as the Director of Public Works and Engineering for the City of Southfield. He also worked as Director of Public Services and Engineering for the City of Lincoln Park, and as Director of Engineering for the Charter Township of West Bloomfield. Before moving into the public sector, he began his career as an engineering consultant.  
    March 16, 2016

  • Anthony PosawatzAnthony Posawatz, '82, Mr. Anthony Posawatz accepted a position as new director of Envision Solar International, Inc. effective February 19, 2016. Anthony Posawatz, age 55, has been an automotive industry professional for over 30 years. Since September 2013, Mr. Posawatz has served as the president and chief executive officer of Invictus iCAR, LLC, an automotive innovation consulting and advisory firm focused on assisting energy and auto clean technology companies. He served as the president, chief executive officer, and a director of Fisker Automotive from August 2012 to August 2013. Mr. Posawatz worked for General Motors ("GM") for more than 25 years. As GM's vehicle line director for the Chevrolet Volt and key leader of global electric vehicle development, he was responsible for bringing the Chevrolet Volt from concept to production (beginning in 2006 as a founding member and employee #1). He currently serves as a member of several boards of directors, including INRIX, Nexeon, SAFE - Electrification Coalition, Momentum Dynamics, and Electrification Coalition. Mr. Posawatz is a licensed professional engineer (P. E.) in Michigan and was both a General Motors Undergraduate Scholar at Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a Graduate Fellow at Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business where he earned a Master of Business Administration.
    March 10, 2016

  • Srikant RaoSrikant Rao, '15, A civil engineer at DLZ Corporation, Rao successfully completed many projects for the Michigan Department of Transportation, City of Ann Arbor, City of Detroit, City of Lansing, City of Fort Wayne and City of Jackson.
    February 29, 2016

  • Richard WinfreyRichard Winfrey, '14, Recently completed first year with Consumers Energy and was promoted to Engineer II.
    February 3, 2016

  • Ramesh Duvvuru, MSCE, '91, was appointed as Vice President of Engineering, Wireless Connectivity, focusing Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) for the Wi2Wi Corporation. He will be responsible for spearheading the Company's aggressive wireless connectivity product development initiative, addressing Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) markets. At the same time, he will utilize his experience assembling, training and cultivating a collaborative work culture amongst a multi-tiered engineering team of hardware system architects, system designers and software developers in India and in the U.S. In his new role, he will also oversee implementation and technical support of the Company's products and software to customers globally. Read more here
    December 10, 2015

  • Joi Harris, BSIEJoi Harris, BSIE, '06, was spotlighted in the Fall 2015 issue of US Black Engineering and Information Technology magazine. As vice president of gas operations at DTE Gas, Joi Harris is responsible for managing utility gas operations, transmis-sion, distribution and gas storage systems. Harris joined DTE Gas in 1991, after earning a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University. She also earned an MBA from Wayne State in 2011. Still closely linked to her alma mater, Harris serves as a member of the Wayne State University Industrial Engineering Advisory Board and is vice president of the board of directors for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). During a 20 year career, Harris has served in distribution field operations, system control, and transmission operations. She has been recognized for her achievements by "Who's Who in Black Detroit" and was chosen by the Michigan Chronicle as one of the "Women of Excellence."
    November 23, 2015

  • Lisa Bahash, MSELisa Bahash, MSE, '97, has been recognised on Automotive News' list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry. Compiled every five years, the award celebrates leaders with significant influence in their companies. She is the group vice president and general manager Original Equipment for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. Read more here
    November 16, 2015

  • David Manardo, BSME '77, MSCEDavid Manardo, BSME '77, MSCE, '80, was named by Mayor Mike Duggan as the city's new group executive for operations to replace outgoing Gary Brown.  He will continue to oversee construction activities in the city, including public works and Detroit Water and Sewerage Department projects, but also will take on oversight of the departments of public works, general services and public lighting and the Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport. Read more here.
    October 20, 2015

  • Rupali Lunani, MSCERupali Lunani, MSCE, '96, presented at the webinar, #STEMISAGIRLTHING on Thursday, September 24. Lunani, a manager at General Dynamics, treated the audience to her insights and expertise on taking responsibility for one's career in the automotive industry. And, what she thinks of Sonya Sepahban. Read more here
    October 1, 2015

  • Dhiraj Rajaram, MSECEDhiraj Rajaram, MSECE, '98, was profiled by The Economic Times. According to the article, he is the Founder-CEO of business analytics giant Mu Sigma, one of the fastest growing companies in the sector. Today, the company is a multi-million dollar company and one of the best in its industry. Read more here  
    September 16, 2015

  • Ahmad Ezzeddine, BSISAhmad Ezzeddine, BSIS, '90, discussed online learning with Crain's Detroit Business. "The challenge is keeping up with the pace of advances, and technology, and try not to follow the fads, and just stick to what is good for our students, and their success ultimately," he said. Dr. Ezzeddine is the associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs at Wayne State University. Read more here
    September 8, 2015

  • Mina Sooch, BSChEMina Sooch, BSChE, '89, scored the largest round of venture capital in state history in April 2014 when she raised $59.5 million for ProNAi Therapeutics, which is developing targeted cancer treatments. Last September, Sooch left ProNAi as part of its plan to go public, which it did in July, raising $138 million while joining Nasdaq. Six weeks later, she joined Gemphire, which is developing a cholesterol lowering drug, and in March closed on a $5 million round in March, including an investment from the Blue Water Angels in Midland and one from the Grand Angels, and is in the process of raising a bigger round. Read more here
    September 8, 2015

  • Nanda Kumar, MSMENanda Kumar, MSME, '92, has been appointed president of the Aerospace Group, effective September 1. Most recently, Kumar was executive vice president, Eaton Business System. Kumar joined Eaton in 1990 and held positions of increasing responsibility in the automotive business including plant manager for the facilities in Roxboro, North Carolina, and Massa, Italy, and general manager for the Air Induction and Cylinder Head Systems business.   Read more here
    September 1, 2015

  • Amit Sachdev, MSBMEAmit Sachdev, MSBME, '06, has joined Michigan State University to become the first director of the new Division of Neuromuscular Medicine within the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology. Sachdev will join the staff in the MSU HealthTeam's muscular dystrophy clinic and will also establish additional specialized clinical services for peripheral neuropathy and myasthenia gravis. Read more here.
    August 31, 2015

  • Jihan Badwilan, BSIEJihan Badwilan, BSIE, '15, a former DTE Co-op Engineer, has been hired into the company full-time. She is the 12th student from Wayne State University hired in 2015 at DTE, and one of 66 hired since 2005. 
    August 25, 2015

  • Najwa Abouhassan BSEE '07, MSEE '11 and Genie Abboud BSEENajwa Abouhassan BSEE '07, MSEE '11 and Genie Abboud BSEE, '07, returned from their first trip to Nicaragua with the nonprofit group Engineers Without Borders - Detroit Professional Chapter (EWB-Detroit), and they were “hooked.” Abouhassan and Abboud joined the program during its second phase, which focused on efforts to improve sanitation conditions in the village of Laguna de Apoyo in Nicaragua. Read more here
    August 13, 2015

  • Kathleen Kay, BSCSKathleen Kay, BSCS, '83, was appointed vice president of Business Technology at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Kay, in her new role at PG&E, effective Sept. 1, will be responsible for business technology delivery, primarily focused on PG&E's strategic solutions such as mobile, data analytics and customer applications. Read more here  
    August 10, 2015

  • Tel Ganesan, MSMETel Ganesan, MSME, '91, was featured in the Detroit Free Press for his entrepreneurship founding and leading Kybba Inc., an IT Staffing Firm located in Detroit. Read the more here  
    August 4, 2015

  • David Grimes, BSMEDavid Grimes, BSME, '89, was named to the newly created role of Global Vice President of Axalta Coating Systems Automotive Plastic Components (APC) business. In this position, Grimes will provide global strategy for the APC business to help drive growth across regions and work with research and development teams to continue to create products that help our customers exceed their objectives. Axalta Coating Systems is a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings. Read more here.  
    July 23, 2015

  • Raj Vattikuti, MSECERaj Vattikuti, MSECE, '76, headlined the "Interactive Growth Strategy Workshop with Raj Vattikuti" hosted by TiE Detroit, the Detroit chapter of the global nonprofit organization for entrepreneurs. He discussed how to move a company's top line forward and redefine and expand the addressable market, as well as the proper structure, resources and people needed to take a company to the next level. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Vattikuti established Covansys Inc. in 1985. The company was listed on NASDAQ in 1997 and sold to Computer Sciences Corp. in 2007 for $1.3 billion. He also founded the Vattikuti Foundation, a nonprofit supporting cancer research and treatments at Henry Ford and Beaumont hospitals, in 1997; Synova, a technology enterprise offering software services globally, in 1998; and Altimetrik, which focuses on business innovation, user experience, mobile payment and more, in 2013. Read more here.
    July 22, 2015