2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
Joseph Ziomek, B.S. '59, has been in the automotive electronics business for more than 55 years. He graduated in 1954 from Cass Tech High School in Detroit and enrolled at Wayne State at age 16. After beginning his career in 1959 at the Burroughs Corporation, Ziomek worked for Ford Motor Company from 1963 to 1979 in advanced electronics research and composites vehicle design. Among his contributions were improvements to the climate control systems on numerous vehicles, and reducing the weight and increasing fuel economy of the Ford LTD in the late 1970s. Ziomek joined TRW in 1979 and formed the Transportation Electrical and Electronics Operation, which pioneered electronics applications for passenger cars, light trucks, heavy duty trucks and buses, and agricultural and off-road vehicles. In 1987, he was named TRW's director of advanced safety restraint systems, later joining Takata in 1989 in a similar role. Ziomek has since gone on to serve as a private consultant and expert witness in his fields of expertise. He is a co-founder of the Convergence Education Foundation (now called Square One), a STEM pipeline for more than 20,000 high school students. Ziomek is a lifetime member and elected Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and a lifetime member of IEEE and the Vehicular Technology Society.
Nanda Kumar, M.S. '92, has risen through the ranks at Eaton, a diversified power management company that provides energy-efficient solutions to customers in more than 175 countries. Nanda began his Eaton career in the Vehicle Group in 1990 and held positions of increasing responsibility including plant manager for the facilities in Roxboro, N.C., and Massa, Italy, and general manager for the Air Induction and Cylinder Head Systems business. In addition, he served as vice president and general manager for the specialty controls and valve actuation businesses, and as president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for the Vehicle Group; and he served as the executive vice president of the Eaton Business System. Kumar played a key role in plant management and in developing Eaton's footprint in the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) sector. His leadership has been instrumental in streamlining operations in business systems, manufacturing, supply chain, environmental, and health and safety. , In September 2015 he assumed his current role as president of Eaton's Aerospace Group, a world leader in the design, manufacturing and integration of innovations in hydraulics, fuel systems, motion control, and engine solutions. Kumar holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University in India, a master's in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.