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Alumni Accomplishments

  • 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

  • Atul Kavthekar, MSIEAtul Kavthekar, MSIE, '94, has been appointed CFO at Washington, D.C.-based LivingSocial, a marketplace for people to share local events, restaurants, etc. He was previously CFO and head, corporate development, at Sears Holdings Corp.'s health and wellness solutions unit; CFO at Walgreens' e-commerce division; and held senior banking posts at KPMG Corporate Finance, Trenwith Group and Morgan Stanley. Kavthekar has an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, an M.S. in industrial engineering from Wayne State University and a B.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan. India West: Career Moves
    July 20, 2015

  • Jay Iyengar, MSMEJay Iyengar, MSME, '88, was apppointed senior vice president (VP) and chief innovation and technology officer of Xylem, Inc., a global water technology company. Read more here.
    July 20, 2015

  • Mohammed Al-wishah, BSETMohammed Al-wishah, BSET, '15, was named Employee of the Month for a Systems Integration firm in the field of Oil & Gas/ Energy.
    July 6, 2015

  • Ashley Prescott, MSCEAshley Prescott, MSCE, '11, Environmental Engineer in the Environmental Assessment Services Division at Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc. of Troy, recently passed the exam administered by the State of Michigan, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and earned the designation of Licensed Professional Engineer (PE). Lesser, a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and Environmental Professional (EP), joined TEC in 2011 and is experienced as a civil and environmental engineer. Her five plus years of expertise includes environmental due diligence, remediation design, regulatory compliance, and construction management.
    May 26, 2015

  • Jennifer Hui, MSCEJennifer Hui, MSCE, '15, was recently featured in an article highlighting Wayne State University as an anchor institution in the Midtown area. Read the full article 
    May 26, 2015

  • Courtney Stevens, EMMP, '12, was recently promoted to Director of Referring Physician Office Communication and Concierge Services at Henry Ford Health System.
    May 18, 2015

  • Frank Washko, Ph.D.Frank Washko, Ph.D., '03, MSME '95, BSME '95, recently took a position as mechanical engineering professor at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. Dr. Washko has worked as an automotive engineer specializing in engine design for airflow and combustion components. In addition, he has worked in the areas of biomechanics, microfluidics, and MEMS. Most recently, he has completed research projects for DARPA and the Office of Naval Research involving efficient powertrain design, flex fuels, and artificial biomaterials. Dr. Washko has also worked as an intellectual property attorney. He has previously taught as an adjunct at Lawrence Technological University and Wayne State University.
    March 31, 2015

  • Sandeep JohriSandeep Johri, '86, CEO of Tricentis and member of the Wayne State University's College of Engineering Board of Visitors, was recently interviewed for a Yahoo! Finance article covering his comany's recent accomplishments. "Tricentis is proud to have been rated as the top functional test automation tool of 2015 by IT Central Station," says Johri. Tricentis is a global leader in enterprise testing software solutions that accelerate business innovation. To read more visit http://finance.yahoo.com/news/tosca-testsuite-rated-top-functional-153614111.html 
    March 12, 2015

  • Bradley Shepler, P.E., CCCA, LEED AP BD+CBradley Shepler, P.E., CCCA, LEED AP BD+C, '03, has been promoted to associate at the Detroit-based engineering firm Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc. He will continue to provide a wide array of civil engineering services to municipal clients and governmental agencies, including hydraulic modeling, innovative stormwater solutions and management and design of road and infrastructure improvement projects with an emphasis on sustainable design. Shepler received his master's degree in civil engineering from Wayne State and has 15 years of professional experience.
    February 23, 2015

  • Zaheer AllamZaheer Allam, '85, has joined San Jose, California based GlobalLogic, a full-lifecycle product development firm, as chief delivery officer. He was chief product officer at Polaris Wireless, where he led engineering teams in India and deployment teams in the Middle East and Africa, founded and was engineering VP at Azaire Networks, and held management posts at Ericsson, Ricoh, Ford Motor Co. and Metricom. 
    December 16, 2014

  • Richard Conz, '84, BSEE, was recently named Vice President of Engineering for Magnegas a technology company that includes among its inventions a patented process that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel. Mr. Conz joins Magnegas as part of the comany's push to upgrade its engineering and project management capabilities. His experience working with multinationals, such as Raytheon, and running multi billion dollar projects is expected to make him a great asset to the team. To read more click the link below: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/magnegas-hires-vice-president-of-engineering-to-oversee-growing-development-initiatives-278377971.html    
    October 8, 2014

  • Elizabeth K. KrearElizabeth K. Krear, '88, BSME 1988, MSME 1990  is the chief engineer of the Ram 1500, named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for the past two years and currently the top ranked truck by Consumer Reports Road Test Score. In this position, Krear oversees all budgets, planning, engineering, development, quality and launch management of the Ram 1500. Prior to this position, she was the Ram vehicle line quality executive, the highest-level quality advocate for Ram products.  Krear is passionate about cars and trucks and has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. She started her career as an intern at Eaton Corporation and General Motors while a student at Wayne State.  Upon graduation, she joined Chrysler as part of the Chrysler Institute of Engineering (CIE) Program.  She held functionally diverse positions with increasing responsibility spanning the vehicle product development cycle from concept through launch.  She has also worked internationally, residing in Europe to prepare for and launch the European version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Krear sits on the Chrysler Women’s Forum Board of Directors, leads the Professional Development Committee, and is active in the Chrysler Mentoring Program. In addition to her degrees from WSU, she holds an M.B.A. from Michigan State University. She resides in Bloomfield Hills with her husband of 23 years, Tad, daughter Niki and son Alex.
    October 2, 2014

  • Edwin E. Tatem, PEEdwin E. Tatem, PE, '90, MSCE 1990 is chairman and senior area manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff Michigan, located in Detroit, and a vice president for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.’s Americas business arm. Parsons Brinckerhoff has a more than 125-year history and has designed the New York City Subway and other notable transit systems across the globe. Tatem oversees the total operations of Parsons Brinckerhoff in the state of Michigan and is responsible for developing design concepts, supervising plan production, office team building, client relations, budgeting, schedules, forecasting, performance evaluations, and resource management. He served as the project manager for the major reconstruction of the I-75 Ambassador Bridge Gateway in Detroit, used as a main shipping route between Ontario, Canada and the Midwest United States. Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, Tatem held leadership roles at the Road Commission of Macomb County and the Michigan Department of Transportation. An expert in transportation engineering, Tatem has served in several senior management positions for public agencies throughout Southeast Michigan, including the Governor’s Transition Team for Transportation, the Governor’s Construction Code Commission, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission, and the County Road Association of Michigan. Additionally, he is on the board of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan (ITS Michigan), serving as president in 2011-2012. In 2013, he joined the Wayne State University College of Engineering Board of Visitors. Tatem received an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Wayne State and a B.S. in Engineering from Pratt Institute in New York. He resides in West Bloomfield with his wife, Maria Flores Tatem. The couple has two daughters, Isabela and Alma.
    October 2, 2014

  • Sandeep JohriSandeep Johri, '86, CEO of Tricentis, a company that is "a global leader in enterprise software testing solutions that accelerate business innovation, announced that for the second year in a row it was recognized as a visionary in the just-released Gartner report, Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites 2014." Johri resopnded, "We're pleased to be recognized as a Visionary by Gartner in the Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Testing, and to have them recognize the market leadership of our model-based test automation and risk coverage optimization." Johri received his M.S. in Industrial Engg & OR from the College of Engineering at Wayne State University. To read more see the link below: http://www.tricentis.com/about/news/Gartner-Recognizes-Tricentis-as-Visionary-in-Gartner-Magic-Quadrant  
    September 19, 2014

  • Haiying TangHaiying Tang, '06, chemical engineering Ph.D. graduate, was recently recognized by the Career Communication Group's "Women of Color" magazine as a 2014 Technology Rising Star. Tang currently works as a lubricant fuel engineer for Chrysler Group LLC.
    September 19, 2014

  • Lorenzo SmithLorenzo Smith, '93, was recently appointed the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University-Sacramento. Smith graduated from WSU's College of Engineering with his M.S. in mechanical engineering. Smith was quoted by the school's newspaper as stating "engineering and computer science are not just about a promise of good pay and a solid job-they fulfill a basic human desire to help others." You can read the rest of the article at the link below: http://www.statehornet.com/news/sac-state-appoints-new-dean-of-college-of-engineering-and/article_acfb9dd8-38bd-11e4-baa3-001a4bcf6878.html
    September 17, 2014

  • Darrell Williams, Ph.D.Darrell Williams, Ph.D., '13, recently graduated from the Global Executive Track in ISE, is now the new Director of Engineering (Operations/Facilities) for Terumo, an Ann Arbor based biomedical manufacturing company. https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrellwilliamsphdcandidate   darrell_d_williams@yahoo.com
    September 3, 2014

  • Philip J. Spalding, '96, vice president of TetraTech, graduated from the Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Detroit XXXV. Leadership Detroit is a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change. For more information: http://www.detroitchamber.com/detroit-regional-chamber-hosts-commencement-for-leadership-detroit-class-xxxv/
    June 27, 2014