Wayne State alumni awarded at Engineering Society of Detroit event

ESD_dinnerThe Wayne State University College of Engineering was well represented by alumni and faculty at the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) Gold Award Banquet on March 29, as three WSU graduates were among those honored at Henry Ford College in Dearborn.

The event recognizes leading engineers, scientists and technical professionals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievement and service within their respective societies.

The Wayne State alumni awardees included:

  • Najwa Abouhassan, B.S. ’07, M.S. ’14, recipient of the SWE-Detroit Professional Section Consistent Contributor Award. Abouhassan holds two WSU degrees in electrical and computer engineering and is currently a senior engineer at DTE Energy.
  • Latonya Waller, M.S. ’16, awarded the National Society of Black Engineers—Detroit Professionals Achievement Award. Waller is a recent graduate of the civil engineering program and serves as president of Wayne State’s ESD student chapter.
  • Suzanne Dakin, B.S. ’93, Ph.D. ’00, recipient of the AIChE Detroit Section Distinguished Service Award. Dakin, who earned her degrees in chemical engineering from Wayne State, is a senior research engineer at BASF.

The three honorees were joined by Heinz Plaumann, AIChE Detroit Section board member and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Charles Manke, AIChE Detroit Section board member and associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Engineering; and Chris Dakin, B.S. ’93, M.B.A. ’07.

Pictured right with the Wayne State contingent is Pranab Saha, the 2017 ESD Gold Award recipient.