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Alumni Accomplishments

  • 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, '85, 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

  • Frenae SmithFrenae Smith, '05, received the 2014 Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Outstanding Leadership Award at ESD's annual award program on June 18 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Smith, who works at DTE Energy Gas Operations as a supervisor in Codes and Standards, was nominated for this award by a committee of her peers. The award recognizes her long-time participation in the ESD Young Engineers Council and the ESD Affiliate Council. Smith also received a master's degree in chemical engineering from Wayne State in 2010.
    June 19, 2014

  • Badih A. JawadBadih A. Jawad, '72, was inducted into the ESD College of Fellows at ESD's annual award program on June 18 at Cobo Center in Detroit. Jawad is chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University. The ESD College of Fellows inductees are members of unusual distinction, conferred by invitation from the Board of Directors for outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in their professions. In addition to receiving a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State in 1972, Jawad also received a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1973, a master's degree in chemical engineering in 1981 and a PhD in chemical engineering in 1988.
    June 19, 2014

  • Ed Tatem, '90, was featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Minority Engineer magazine. Tatem is Michigan president and area manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff Michigan, Inc. and VP for parent company, Parsons Brickerhoff. Read the full story here: http://bt.e-ditionsbyfry.com/publication/?i=209806&p=26
    June 4, 2014

  • Vivek SreedharVivek Sreedhar, '06, is the author of Ketchup & Curry - Your Guide to Life and Success in America. The book is intended to help immigrants moving to America find their socio-cultural niche and achieve their American dream. More information on the book is available at www.ketchupandcurry.com
    June 4, 2014

  • Ahmed Ezzedine, '06, Ahmed Ezzedine of @waynestate is excited for his Fulbright IEA grant to Japan! pic.twitter.com/cwNCngFCNY — Fulbright Scholars (@FulbrightSchlrs) May 27, 2014
    May 30, 2014

  • 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