Alumni Council

With an aim to increase the value of a Wayne State engineering and computer science degree, the Engineering Alumni Council works on behalf of more than 29,000 alumni who live in every state and 40 countries around the world.

The Engineering Alumni Council represents these alumni and serves as the college's chief volunteer body, responsible for alumni volunteer programs, events and communications.

With many great cultural, academic and career-focused opportunities and events throughout the year, Engineering Alumni Council programs offer the chance to volunteer time and expertise to support student learning and career preparation, as well as a great opportunity to connect with fellow engineering alumni.

There are four taskforce groups within the council, focused on key areas of engagement:

  • Student/alumni taskforce
  • College priorities taskforce
  • Development taskforce
  • Messaging and visibility taskforce

If you are interested in joining the Engineering Alumni Council, or if you have suggestions about how to help the council better serve the engineering alumni community, please contact Alumni and Donor Relations Officer Audrey Stephens at 313-577-6810 or

Council members










Julius ReeveChair
BSIE '86 Manager
Product Complexity Optimization and Profitability, General Motors

Joan ScheskeCo-chair
BSME '89, MSME '93
Retired, Ford Motor Company

Najwa Abouhassan
BSEE '07, MSEE '11
Principal Engineer in Distribution Operations
DTE Energy

Genie Armentrout
BSEE '07
Electrification Driver Data Technical Specialist
General Motors

Najwa Abouhassan
BSEE '07
Electrification Driver Data Technical Specialist
General Motors

Julian Bates
BSME '12
C.E.O. and Founder, Vizier Tech L.C.

Zach Carr
BS '99, MS '01
Vice President, FK Engineering

Brian Geraghty
MSME '72
Retired, Ford Motor Company

Norman Dotson
BSIE '14, J.D. '19
Law Clerk, City of Detroit

Andy Gutierrez
BSME '05
HV Battery Program Management Supervisor
Ford Motor Company

Firas Hamade
BSCS '00
Sr. Technical Engineer Mobile Technology
Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Maryssa Mercer
BSBME '16, MSBME '18
Occupant Safety Performance Engineer
General Motors

Austin Meredithe
BSChE '17
Global Manufacturing Engineering, Lear

Frenae Smith
BSChE '05, MSChE '10
Manager Codes & Standards/Laboratory Services, DTE

Kevin Vitale
BS '07, MS '09
Software Development Consultant, TD Ameritrade

Alexander Davidson
BSME '13
Engine Development Engineer, Ford Motor Company

Don Smolenski
MSChE '79, PhDChE '90
Strategic Management of Oil, LLC