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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Hitesh HandaHitesh Handa, '08, will be joining the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia in January 2015 as a tenure-track assistant professor. Handa received a PhD in materials science and engineering from Wayne State in 2008 and then worked for two years as a development engineer at Accord Biomaterials. He then worked four years in his present position as research faculty in the Department of Surgery at University of Michigan. "Hitesh is an outstanding researcher and a prolific author - he published more than 10 papers based on his PhD research," says Professor Guangzhao Mao, Hitesh's research advisor. "Now it's exciting to see him start his own academic career." Handa also received a master's degree in materials science and engineering from Wayne State in 2007.
    March 18, 2014

  • Rakesh Katragadda, '05, started AMF-Nano Corp. in 2009 and expects a revenue of $500,000 - $1 million in 2014 and up to $12 million in three or four years. Katragadda's Ann Arbor-based company, which has three patents, makes wireless environmental sensors about the size of a penny that monitor water and air quality, temperature, humidity, soil quality and other conditions. It employs five and has had entrepreneurial support from institutions and people ranging from Troy to Traverse City to Iowa. More here.
    November 26, 2013

  • Steve KurmasSteve Kurmas, '79, '83, is appointed president and chief operating officer (COO) of DTE Energy. He was previously president and COO of DTE Electric. In his new role, Kurmas will be responsible for the strategic oversight and operation of the company's utility businesses, including DTE Electric, DTE Gas, Nuclear Generation, Major Enterprise Projects (MEP), and Environmental Management and Resources. "Steve has done a great job leading the operations of our largest business, DTE Electric, and our continuous improvement work enterprise-wide. I am confident that Steve will carry this pattern of success into his new role, broadening his impact and continuing to produce outstanding results," said Gerry Anderson, chairman, president and CEO of DTE Energy. Kurmas graduated with a master's degree in chemical engineering in 1983 and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1979.
    November 6, 2013

  • Korkut Uygun, '04, who earned his doctorate and post-doctorate (2006) under Wayne State University Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Professor Yinlun Huang, is now an assistant professor at Harvard University. He has a number of research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes for Health, serving as the principal investigator.
    September 30, 2013

  • Jie Xiao, '10, who earned his doctorate and master's (2006) under Wayne State University Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Professor Yinlun Huang, is is a full professor of chemical engineering at Suzhou University. He is also associate dean of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering College at the university. He serves as a TePing Professor of the university and also honored as a TePing Professor of Jiansu Province of China.
    September 30, 2013

  • Helen Lou, '01, serves as professor of chemical engineering at Lamar University in Texas. She graduated with doctorate in 2001, a master's in computer science in 2001, and master's in chemical engineering in 1999 - all from Wayne State. She joined Lamar as assistant professor of chemical engineering in 2001, immediately after her PhD defense in WSU Professor Yinlun Huang's group. She was promoted to associate professor in 2004, and full professor in 2009. Earlier this year, she was named "University Professor" at Lamar University - the highest honor at the university. She holds a number of national leadership positions in the chemical engineering society AIChE, especially in the field of sustainable engineering.
    September 30, 2013

  • Ali Riza GunerAli Riza Guner, '11, a Ph.D. industrial and systems engineering alumnus, has become a tenure track faculty member in the Industrial Engineering Department at Zirve University in Gaziantep, Turkey. Guner's dissertation focused on "Dynamic routing on stochastic time-dependent networks using real-time information." While a doctoral student, he was supervised by Wayne State ISE Professors Ratna Babu Chinnam and Alper Murat. His position at Zirve comes on the heels of serving as a visiting professor at Qatar University, a prominent school in the Middle East. After spending two years there participating in international research projects and teaching, he decided to accept a position in his home country, Turkey.      
    September 19, 2013

  • Hatice UcarHatice Ucar, '11, a Ph.D. industrial and systems engineering alumna, has become a tenure track faculty member in the Industrial Engineering Department at Zirve University in Gaziantep, Turkey. Ucar's dissertation focused on "Throughput analysis and bottleneck management of production lines." While a doctoral student, she was supervised by Wayne State ISE Professors Ratna Babu Chinnam and Alper Murat. Her position at Zirve comes on the heels of serving as a visiting professor at Qatar University, a prominent school in the Middle East. After spending two years there participating in international research projects and teaching, Ucar decided to accept a position in her home country, Turkey.  
    September 19, 2013

  • Jiao Rao, '12, has been recognized for his recent work in cloud computing. His article, in collaboration with Ph.D. student Xiangping Bu and Interim ECE Chair Cheng-Zhong Xu, was one of the Top 25 papers published in the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing in 2012. The article is titled "URL: A unified reinforcement learning approach for autonomic cloud management." Rao joined the University of Colorado at Colorado Spring as a tenure track faculty member in August 2012. He was awarded a NSF research grant of $300,000 in May 2013 and is the leading co-author of a paper that won "Best Paper Nominee" in the premier conference IEEE HPCA 2013 (the 19th International Conference on High Performance Computing Architecture).
    September 16, 2013

  • Xiangping Bu, '13, has been recognized for his recent work in cloud computing. His article, in collaboration with recent Ph.D. alumnus Jiao Rao and Interim ECE Chair Cheng-Zhong Xu, was one of the Top 25 papers published in the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing in 2012. The article is titled "URL: A unified reinforcement learning approach for autonomic cloud management." Bu joined Paypal as a scientist (research staff)  in July 2013. He is the leading co-author of a paper that won "Best Paper Nominee" in the premier conference ACM HPDC 2013 (the 22nd International Symposium on High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing).
    September 16, 2013

  • Farshid Azadian , '12, is one of the two finalists for the 2013 INFORMS Aviation Applications Section's (AAS) Best Dissertation Prize, which recognizes original and innovative aviation dissertation research. Azadian, whose dissertation is titled "An Integrated Framework for Freight Forwarders: Exploitation of Dynamic Information for Multimodal Transportation," received a PhD in industrial and systems engineering from Wayne State in 2012. He is currently assistant professor of management, marketing and operations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's College of Business.
    September 5, 2013

  • Wally Johnson, '85, was named vice president of supply chain at Firstronic LLC. Firstronic provides advanced electronics manufacturing services and optimized supply chain solutions for companies in a wide range of industries including automotive, industrial and medical device. Previously, Johnson ran a supply chain consultancy and was associated with Spectrum Assembly, Inc. as vice president sales and marketing. He also served nine years as vice president of supply chain and IT at EPIC Technologies and held a variety of senior supply chain management positions at both Visteon and Ford Motor Company. More here.  
    August 28, 2013

  • Godwin C. ChungagGodwin C. Chungag, '89, has been selected as the new academic dean at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colo. He has experience in the fields of math, physics, science, engineering, business and finance. Chungag will oversee Aims' Division III programs, including but not limited to automotive technology, aviation, oil and gas, behavioral and social sciences, engineering, industrial technology, construction management and trades, welding technology, physical education, early childhood education and education. Chungag received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State in 1989 and a PhD in mechanical engineering in 2008.
    July 30, 2013

  • Warren HardyWarren Hardy, '07, is the editor-in-chief of a new journal from the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) International. The SAE International Journal of Transportation Safety focuses on accident prevention and occupant protection - specifically accident reconstruction, injury investigation, intra-vehicle safety mechanisms, and mitigation related to human travel. Hardy is associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest universities and serves as the director of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics. He received a PhD in biomedical engineering from Wayne State in 2007. More here.
    July 3, 2013

  • Nick Broggi, '82, has been appointed to the Sterling Heights Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides funding to help strengthen the city's wide range of recreational, educational, and cultural activities. He is currently plant manager at the Ford Motor Sterling Axle Plant. His responsibilities include managing operations and improvements for the plant, which employs approximately 1,800 employees. Broggi received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Wayne State in 1982 and a master's degree in 1985. More here.
    May 29, 2013

  • Nancy Philippart, '80, president of NLP Solutions LLC, was named a Wonder Woman of 2013 by the Women Officials Network Foundation. The award honors women who have improved the quality of life in Southeast Michigan through their civic, philanthropic and professional accomplishments. The honorees contribute in meaningful ways and forge paths of leadership for girls and women to follow. In addition to her role at NLP Solutions LLC, Philippart is the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan board chair and executive in residence of Engineering Ventures at Wayne State University.
    May 9, 2013

  • Kelly Fedele, '98, was appointed to the Michigan Board of Professional Engineers. Fedele is DTE Energy's principal account manager for gas major accounts. She previously served as city surveyor and assistant city engineer for the city of Trenton, and spent more than 10 years as chief engineer for the Charles E. Raines Co. Fedele will represent professional engineers and replaces Mahmoud El-Gamal.
    April 29, 2013

  • David Cue, '98, Johnson Controls Power Solutions head of original equipment business development in China, was named by Gasgoo International as one of the "Top Ten Auto Parts Managerial Talents" in the country. The prestigious award is given for business growth and customer satisfaction as part of Gasgoo International's automotive supplier recognition program: The Celebrity Institutions of China Automotive Industry Award 2013. More here.
    April 29, 2013

  • Douglas BurcickiDouglas Burcicki, '93, has been promoted to vice president of the General Motors (GM) Customer Group at Yazaki North America, Inc., a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.  In this role he will be responsible for profit and loss, sales, delivery of products, and quality associated with the GM account. He is also responsible for Yazaki's overall customer relationship and global strategy for GM as the Worldwide Strategy (WWS) Leader. During his career at Yazaki, his leadership led to several successful new business awards and strong customer relationships while being a strong driver of global growth initiatives. Burcicki has been in the automotive industry for 19 years, starting his career as a Systems Engineer at ACUSTAR, which was acquired by Yazaki within months of his hire. Doug earned a master's degree in Automotive Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Wayne State University. More information here.
    April 17, 2013

  • Eric Krause, '87, a technical support manager at Pall Corporation, will present a case study at Noria's "Reliable Plant 2013," an annual conference and exhibition for machinery lubrication, oil analysis and reliability professionals. Krause will present  the case study "Monitoring Cleanliness Levels in Hydraulic Systems with the Mesh Blockage Method." Krause focuses on the application of new products and technologies for all markets in Pall's Machinery & Equipment group, which provides filtration, separation, and monitoring technologies for OEMs and users in the mining, automotive, primary metals, pulp and paper, and other general manufacturing industries. More information here.
    April 11, 2013